8.11.2014: Mensah, Smithfield Little Leaguer, Wins State Pitching AwardUpdated Wednesday January 7, 2015 by SLL.
(SMITHFIELD, R.I.)- Smithfield Little League today congratulated Marcus Mensah on earning the Boys’ Pitching Champion Award in the 2014 Pitch, Hit & Run Rhode Island State Finals.
Mensah began his quest for the title on Saturday, May 3 at the Pitch, Hit & Run competition held at DiNoble Baseball Field in Deerfield Park where he also earned a top score in the running competition. He then competed at the sectional competition on Saturday, May 10 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket against 57 boys in the 9-10 age group. At the sectional competition, Mensah earned 225 points for pitching and his running time was 8.97 seconds.
Mensah received the pitching award on Friday, August 1 prior to the Paw Sox games against the Syracuse Chiefs.
According to Major League Baseball, the pitch portion of the program tests how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated "Strike Zone" target from a designated distance (feet for the boys’ baseball division). Each competitor receives six attempts to hit the designated "Strike Zone" from a distance of 45 feet away. Each attempt that hits any portion of the "Strike Zone" target is worth 75 points.
Major League Baseball also shares that the run portion of the program measures a competitor's speed in a sprint from the start line at second base, touching third base, and touching home plate. Participants in the boys’ baseball division run a total of 160 feet.
Mensah is currently plays on the Smithfield AAA All-Star Team and earlier this year was a member of the Threshers during the 2014 spring season.